The Ducati Team faces the last race of the Asian triptych

The third and last race of the Asian triptych of the MotoGP is being fought out on the Malaysian circuit of Sepang just kilometres outside the capital of Kuala Lumpur.

The Ducati Team arrives from the resounding victory in Japan and the tough weekend that played out on the shores of the Pacific Ocean surrounding Phillip Island. Two diametrically opposed performances that underscored, once again, the volatility on which the competitiveness in the premier class is based.

Lorenzo arrives in Malaysia a little worse for wear from the nasty fall in the Australian FP3 that saw him arriving at the pit box on crutches on Sunday. Having to race so soon after isn’t much help, but Jorge has overcome more serious physical challenges, so we’re confident that he’ll face the weekend with true grit. Mathematics is still keeping Dovizioso in the cards for the world championship, and while the odds are reduced to a handful, we should keep in mind that on Sunday he’ll be racing on the track the DesmoDovi prefers, so theoretically it marks a return to a terrain where the Desmosedici GP can let loose every bit of its competitiveness.

As for the Sepang circuit, let’s just remember that it might be the only track in the championship where the MotoGP motorbikes do not use electronics to cut power, and in almost all the curves the riders can rely on every bit of the exuberant horsepower a modern MotoGP bike has to unleash. It’s a very technical, varied track where long corners taken leaning down at a reasonably high speed are alternated with sudden and forceful braking followed by some pretty slow curves.

Malaysia’s latitude puts it in a tropical zone and the weather can often be bizarre. Complicating things further, the recent repaving has prompted big challenges in the length of time needed for the new asphalt to dry, despite the fact that temperatures often go well above 30°C.

Week-end Timetable (Local time)

Time Session
09.55 - 10.40 FP1
14.05 - 14.50 FP2
Time Session
09.55 - 10.40 FP3
13.30 - 14.00 FP4
14.10 - 14.25 Q1
14.35 - 14.50 Q2
Time Session
09.40 - 10.00 WarmUp
15.00 Race

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